Sunday, November 23, 2008

Just a moment

Today at church the service was focused on finding joy in the everyday. I'm usually pretty good at that, but lately I have been beyond cranky. Work stress, grad. school stress...nothing major (and I am well aware of how much more stressful life could be), but, throw in a little sleep deprivation and I lose perspective.

Even after church, on a walk with T., I was still cranky. I did, though, stop to notice the snow on the plant above (wish I knew what plant it is). I love the wispiness of it.

It seems like a good time to turn to Mary Oliver (when is it NOT a good time to turn to Mary Oliver?!). Here's her poem "The Sun."

Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world--

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

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